Hygiene plays a crucial component of a baby's overall care. Practicing a good hygiene is extremely important to keep your baby happy and healthy all the time.

Eight essential hygiene rules for your baby. Here are eight simple good hygiene practices to adopt when you have a baby.

  • Washing your hands with a good antibacterial soap is essential for removing harmful bacteria and germs that cause colds, flu, diarrhea and other infections. Be sure to dry your hands properly and wash your hand towels regularly. It's especially important to wash your hands before feeding your baby, after handling raw food, after changing a nappy or going to the toilet yourself, after touching pets, after touching anything dirty such as dirty nappies, rubbish or food waste.
  • You don't need to clean the house every day from top to bottom with disinfectant, you just need to pay particular attention to the surfaces that are most likely to harbour germs and bacteria. Focus on the areas that have a lot of contact with food, bodies and hands, such as bathrooms, kitchen benches, tables, crockery, cutlery and glassware. You need to be cleaning these properly. Use hot water with detergent for crockery, cutlery and glasses, while kitchens and bathrooms will need a thorough clean with a good disinfectant. Pay particular attention to taps, toilet seats, benches and door handles. Dry surfaces as well if they are not in a well-ventilated area with natural light.
  • Babies love to put things into their mouths, and toys are often the closest thing to hand. Be sure to regularly give your child's toys a clean with a good disinfectant. Wipe hard plastic toys down and make sure you rinse them thoroughly or put plush toys through the washing machine.
  • A good bath is essential for keeping your baby clean and tidy, but you need to make sure you are not over-washing as this is damaging to your baby's sensitive skin. In the first year of your baby's life a full bath is necessary only two or three times a week. Check out our step-by-step guide to bathing your baby.
  • These are three areas that need some special attention. Always keep your baby's nails well-trimmed so that they can't scratch themselves — the best time to trim them is when your baby is asleep. Be sure to use baby-sized nail clippers and not to cut the nails too short as these will hurt your baby.
  • Only wash the outside of your baby's ears, never the inside, and never insert cotton wool buds into your baby's ears. If your baby is unhappy and touching their ears repeatedly, this could be a sign of infection — be sure to get this looked at by a medical professional.
  • Clean any dried mucous from your baby's nose, as this can cause difficulty breathing. Use a damp wash cloth to gently remove the dried mucous. A nasal syringe may be needed to help remove excess mucous, but consult your baby's health practitioner before using one of these.
  • Be sure to keep your baby's eyes clear of any dried mucous. Use damp cotton wool to gently clean their eyes and seek medical attention if you notice your baby's eyes are irritated.

Poor hand hygiene in portable classrooms an issue for parents

Lack of running water preventing essential handwashing A parent has voiced a widely held concern that temporary classrooms do not contain proper hand washing facilities, according to a recent report on the City News 1130 website. The article by Renee Bernard quotes parent Stephanie Schick as saying “It doesn’t seem acceptable, in my opinion, for hand-hygiene […]

Lack of running water preventing essential handwashing A parent has voiced a widely held concern that temporary classrooms do not contain proper hand washing facilities, according to a recent report on the City News 1130 website. The article by Renee Bernard quotes parent Stephanie Schick as saying “It doesn’t seem acceptable, in my opinion, for hand-hygiene […]

Lack of running water preventing essential handwashing

A parent has voiced a widely held concern that temporary classrooms do not contain proper hand washing facilities, according to a recent report on the City News 1130 website.

The article by Renee Bernard quotes parent Stephanie Schick as saying

“It doesn’t seem acceptable, in my opinion, for hand-hygiene to be treated this way during a pandemic, when that has been drummed into us from the beginning.”

The problem has come to light in Vancouver, where 117 portable classes are currently being housed in such units: “Most don’t have running water”, says the article.

Why soap and water hand washing is essential

When children need to wash their hands with soap and running water (essential if hands are visibly dirty) – surely a regular occurrence in these troubled times – they have to make their way to the main school building, and queue to access wash basins in a socially distanced fashion.

Although gels are supplied, they are far from idea, according to Ms Schick.

“Not everyone can use hand-sanitizers if they have skin conditions. I don’t think everyone wants to eat with their fingers after they put hand-sanitizers on their hands. It also doesn’t remove grime or dirt, and it doesn’t remove allergens.”

It seems that a lack of proper soap and water hand washing facilities is a major problem in temporary classrooms in many countries, despite the fact that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations.”

Child washing hands outdoors with a KiddiSynk handwash unit

Lack of hand hygiene in portable classrooms an issue for parents »


All Kiddiwash portable handwash units can be used inside or outside temporary classrooms

Robust, highly portable – easy to use and clean.

The Kiddiwash range of warm water hand wash units are perfect for smaller hands – and are ideal where a portable solution is required.

Whether you require a larger wheeled unit such as the KiddiSynk, or the ultra portable Kiddiwash Xtra, you can ensure that all children in your care are able to wash their hands whether inside or out.


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